38 doctors weighed in:
Is it possible for men to get breast cancer?
38 doctors weighed in

Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, it is possible
Male breast cancer is rare in contrast to female breast cancer. In the United States, approximately 2140 new cases of mbc are diagnosed annually, and 450 deaths occur.The median age of onset of male breast cancer is 65 to 67, approximately 5 to 10 years older than in women.

In brief: Yes, it is possible
Male breast cancer is rare in contrast to female breast cancer. In the United States, approximately 2140 new cases of mbc are diagnosed annually, and 450 deaths occur.The median age of onset of male breast cancer is 65 to 67, approximately 5 to 10 years older than in women.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Men with a mother, sister, or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer, or any male relatives with breast cancer, especially with ashkenazi jewish heritage, have a high risk of carrying a brca mutation.
Men with this mutation can get breast cancer in their 60s or later. They are at risk for other cancers as well. Rarely, men without a brca mutation get breast cancer, usually at a later age.

In brief: Yes
Men with a mother, sister, or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer, or any male relatives with breast cancer, especially with ashkenazi jewish heritage, have a high risk of carrying a brca mutation.
Men with this mutation can get breast cancer in their 60s or later. They are at risk for other cancers as well. Rarely, men without a brca mutation get breast cancer, usually at a later age.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Any male with breast cancer should be tested for the BRCA gene mutation. www.myriad.com
Dr. Thomas Johnson
Radiology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Unfortunately, most men don't do breast self-exam. In addition, when the do find a lump, they often wait a long time before seeking help hoping it will go away.
For these reasons plus simple embarrassment, they often present with more advanced disease than the cancers we see in females.

In brief: Yes
Unfortunately, most men don't do breast self-exam. In addition, when the do find a lump, they often wait a long time before seeking help hoping it will go away.
For these reasons plus simple embarrassment, they often present with more advanced disease than the cancers we see in females.
Dr. Thomas Johnson
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Dr. Matthew Cianciolo
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
1% of all breast cancers are male.

In brief: Yes
1% of all breast cancers are male.
Dr. Matthew Cianciolo
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Dr. Christian Dyhianto
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Because men have a small amount of breast tissue which can grow cancer.

In brief: Yes
Because men have a small amount of breast tissue which can grow cancer.
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Dr. Ashok Patel
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
About 1% breast cancers occur in men.

In brief: Yes
About 1% breast cancers occur in men.
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Dr. Richard Mcgee
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Men can get breast cancer, especially if they have an increased genetic risk.
They can also transmit this increased risk to their offspring including both daughters and sons.

In brief: Yes
Men can get breast cancer, especially if they have an increased genetic risk.
They can also transmit this increased risk to their offspring including both daughters and sons.
Dr. Richard Mcgee
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Dr. Richards Afonja
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Men also get breast cancer but the incidence is much lower than women's.

In brief: Yes
Men also get breast cancer but the incidence is much lower than women's.
Dr. Richards Afonja
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Dr. Jason Beasley
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although breast cancer is not common in men, it can happen.
Any new or changing lumps or bumps in the male breast should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.

In brief: Yes
Although breast cancer is not common in men, it can happen.
Any new or changing lumps or bumps in the male breast should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
Dr. Jason Beasley
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Dr. Greg Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
As a breast cancer specialist i see only 4 men per year with breast cancer, i see many more with metastatic prostate, lung, lymphoma, melanoma to the breast as a secondary site.
Therefore all lumps, ulcerations, bleeding and nipple discharge has to be explained even if they have to be dragged in by their significant other - otherwise they usually come in late with advanced stage.

In brief: Yes
As a breast cancer specialist i see only 4 men per year with breast cancer, i see many more with metastatic prostate, lung, lymphoma, melanoma to the breast as a secondary site.
Therefore all lumps, ulcerations, bleeding and nipple discharge has to be explained even if they have to be dragged in by their significant other - otherwise they usually come in late with advanced stage.
Dr. Greg Pahnke
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Dr. Stanley Ostrow
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Men get breast cnacer 10%as often as woman.

In brief: Yes
Men get breast cnacer 10%as often as woman.
Dr. Stanley Ostrow
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
It is fairly rare but does happen.
It is more common in families who have the brca gene mutations.

In brief: Yes
It is fairly rare but does happen.
It is more common in families who have the brca gene mutations.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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